Do Something Good for Your Neighbor
At Holy Trinity, our faith and Ignatian tradition call us to build a more just world that upholds dignity, equality and access to social and economic opportunity for all. During this unprecedented time, the needs of our local and international community continue. This year we invited you to participate on May 16 as part of National Do Something Good for Your Neighbor Day. While the "official day" is over, our community needs your help the other 364 days of the year. We have provided ongoing opportunities from our social justice volunteers and partners.
Holy Trinity Partner Projects
Send a Valentine
Please consider sending a card or drawing to a partner this month. Download the address list. Thank you to Holy Trinity students who are sending letters and pictures to partners and to first responders. The 8th grade is also making Valentine gifts for the students at Hope and a Home. Share the love!
Since May 16 we have now collected over 10,000 snack bags! Due to COVID-19, we anticipate this will be our "pandemic" way of supporting our friends at SOME instead of our monthly RE food collection and service. Consider inviting your neighborhood, your sports team (inspired by Capital Lacrosse!), or your child's classroom to join in the giving. Beginning in September, in addition to the snack bags, each month we will also collect an item requested by SOME. Sign up. The collection schedule is below:
February 20: Snack Bags and Jeans
March 20: Snack Bags and Underwear
April 17: Snack Bags and Socks
Volunteer with Georgetown Ministry Center
Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of meeting Kelly Andreae, the new Executive Director of Georgetown Ministry Center. If you are looking for a project, consider making an outreach kit that includes: snacks, hand and foot warmers, foil blankets, baby wipes, tissues, hygiene products, masks and a friendly little note. (Note: we do not include gel or liquid hand sanitizer because we find some people drink it. Wipes are a safer option.) You may drop off at Holy Trinity or order supplies to be shipped directly to GMC.
GMC is also recruiting outreach volunteers to distribute kits and engage individuals experiencing homelessness. Learn more
Volunteer with the Migrant Team
The team is setting up a database of "experts" in different areas (legal, food, etc.) who can collect the DMV programs and resources available to migrants. Mary McCabe and Marianne Borelli will start as our experts on healthcare. We are looking for other volunteers to dig into resources regarding: Food, Housing, Employment, Legal, General Benefits/Caseworkers (LSS, HIAS, etc.). Learn more.
Over the next few weeks we anticipate increased food insecurity for our families. Food programs have reduced and the lines to access these programs grow longer. We are inviting parishioners to "sponsor" a family each week by purchasing groceries. Gift cards in any amount to Giant are also appreciated so that we can respond to any needs of the community. Sign up.
Want to learn more about the members of our migrant familia? Read the EOY report we shared with donors.
Be a Pen Pal
Several of our partners are offering pen pal programs. Please consider participating:
*The Welcome Home pentorship program partners you with an inmate on the path to release. This simple act accompanies people returning to society by hearing what they want to do with their lives and using everyday practical wisdom to accompany them as they try to achieve their goals. A willing heart is all that is needed. For more details contact Ron Garrett.
* Write letters to folks who are incarcerated and are experiencing social isolation at this time with the Malta Pen Pal Program. To get involved, email Doug at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Knitting for Kino Club
Knitting is a fun and creative outlet, and it is known to reduce stress and increase literacy. Now is a great time to start a new hobby or dust off your knitting needles to make baby blankets for our friends at the border. As border policies have shifted over time, we've seen more and more single moms and families at the Kino Border Initiative - and sometimes these are very young moms with infants or babies. The blanket you are making will keep one of these children warm on a cold desert night or on a long bus ride. Please send completed blankets to the Attn: Joanna Williams, Kino Border Initiative, 81 N Terrace Avenue, Nogales, AZ 85621.
Capital Area Food Bank
The Capital Area Food Bank leads our region’s efforts to provide good, healthy food to people struggling with hunger and food insecurity. Each year, they source and distribute the food for over 30 million meals.
Give homeless children the opportunity to continue their education through distance learning by funding the IT devices needed to connect them with their school work. Friendship Place serves over 300 children and their families through Families First and Veterans First Programs, and through The Brooks, temporary housing facility in Ward 3 of the District. This donation is in lieu of the collection and distribution of school backpacks that local congregations have so generously supported in previous years. Instead, Friendship Place has requested monetary donations to allow caseworkers to respond to the specific in-home learning needs of individual families.